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VIDEO: Woman tased on flight during furious brawl over face masks


That escalated quickly

Twitter @DavidBegnaud video screenshot

A viral video shows a police officer taser an airline passenger who engaged in a brawl because she allegedly refused to wear a face mask.

A wild donnybrook broke out during a Spirit Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey, to the Luis Munoz Marin airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at around 7 p.m. on Sunday. The video was originally posted online by Twitter user V. Torres Montalvo on Oct. 26, and retweeted by CBS News correspondent David Begnaud, who said the brawl was started after a woman refused to wear a mask after the plane touched down in Puerto Rico.

Begnaud reported that Puerto Rico police identified the passenger as Nyasy Veronique Payne, adding that she "provoked an incident by acting in what witnesses called an aggressive, hostile, & defiant behavior." Police claim that the woman hit 28-year-old Javier Lopez Cruz soon after the plane landed.

The man who recorded the video told Begnaud that the fight broke out because the woman refused to follow the mandatory mask rules instituted by Spirit Airlines.

According to a witness named "Alfredo," there was a "young man was moving about the plane, switching seats and not wearing a mask." Flights attendants instructed the young man to stop switching seats and to wear a face mask in accordance with the airline company's COVID-19 protocols.

Three women were reportedly traveling with the young man, and were also not wearing masks "most of the flight, & were moving around while the sets belt sign was on," according to the witness.

One of the passengers on the plane alleges that "three men began yelling homophobic and racial slurs at the three women." According to the eyewitness, one person hit one of the women, which reportedly caused her to start punching passengers.

Police stormed the plane and attempted to squelch the melee, but the woman continued to attack a passenger in the rows behind her. A man is seen grabbing the woman's head and pulling her hair, and she retaliates by attempting to hurdle over an airline crew member to assault the man. As the man and the woman attempt to exchange punches, another woman is seen slapping someone.

The airline crew and airport police were eventually able to separate the two warring parties, and the woman was arrested. Payne's bail was set at $150,000, according to the travel website One Mile At A Time.

Spirit Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

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